A huge bonus for the Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout Track is that adventurers can drive most of the way to the top, park their vehicle and after a short walk, be greeted with breathtaking 360 degree views over the Noosa region, Sunshine Coast hinterland and the Pacific Ocean. Being able to drive almost all of the way to the summit, makes the Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout Track appealing to locals and tourists alike.
Beautifully designed paved pathway leads to the summit
Mount Tinbeerwah is located in the Tewantin National Park, only a fifteen minute drive from Noosa Heads. A very attractive, creatively designed paved pathway, including handrails and rest seats, ensures this panoramic lookout summit is accessible to families, young and old.
The Lookout Track is wheelchair and pram friendly for the first 130 metres
The Lookout Track has wheelchair and pram access to the first lookout point, which is 130 metres into the walk. Beyond this first lookout, the track continues its climb for another 300 metres to the fire tower lookout, perched 265 metres above sea level. Allow 45 minutes for the one-kilometre return walk, unless, of course, you decide to pack a picnic to enjoy when reaching the top.
For sunset thrill-seekers, the Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout will definitely be the destination to head for when looking for artistic photographic sunsets - this is without a doubt, on my must-do list for a summer evening.
Abseiling and rock climbing is also a very popular pastime for the experienced dare-devils, who will find several anchors and access points on Mount Tinbeerwah. These activities may only be conducted behind the safety fence at the vertical cliff face, adjacent to the lookout track. Walkers can precariously peer over the safety fence - heartbeat pounding - to see who may be showing off their cliff-dangling prowess.
Information boards are always interesting to read ...
The wildlife on Mount Tinbeerwah is abundant. Keep your ears peeled for the piercing call of the yellow-tailed black cockatoos as they soar and glide above the forest in the foothills, looking for casuarina and other seed food trees. Lizards, including the eastern bearded dragon, as well as snakes may be seen, sunning themselves on the warm rock surfaces.
It's always worth stopping to smell the 'roses' ...
Montane shrubland - montane referring to the 'high altitude' - thrives on many of the Sunshine Coast hinterland peaks, including the Glass House Mountains. Each location has its own distinctive group of species that grows in the rocky, elevated environments. With the wildflowers in bloom at the moment, I was delighted to find some gorgeous flowers en route to the summit … it's always worth stopping to smell the 'roses'.
Outdoor adventurers who may find the Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout Track a bit tame, have a number of other trail options to choose from, that start at the foot of the mountain and wind up through forest tracks. Serious hikers, looking to increase fitness levels, will find a heart-pumping trail from McKinnon Drive in Tewantin, or alternatively can choose any point along Tinbeerwah Road to park and start the upward climb.
The Wooroi day-use area in Tewantin National Park is also the spot to head to for mountain bikers, with numerous trails, ranging from easy to intermediate trails. Enthusiastic mountain bikers can head to the Mount Tinbeerwah summit to enjoy a magnificent sunrise before venturing further on to the Wooroi trails, which track through the sub-tropical rainforest.
From Tewantin or Noosaville or Cooroy, head to the Cooroy-Noosa Road. The turn-off to Mount Tinbeerwah is at the top of the hill, opposite the Tinbeerwah Hall. Follow this road for about three kilometres - there are dirt sections - until you come to the level car park, lined with boulders. Look out for the information board and public toilets. Unfortunately, there is no fresh water available at this lookout, please remember to bring your own.
Fire tower lookout, perched 265 metres above sea level
No matter which way your adventurous spirit leans, Mount Tinbeerwah will satisfy many of your outdoor recreational needs and no matter how you choose to get to the top, the spectacular views are guaranteed to delight you any time of the day.
Tewantin National Park has so much to offer the outdoor adventurer!